Roche Reviews

Updated September 18, 2014
Updated September 18, 2014
490 Reviews
3.8
490 Reviews
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Roche CEO Roche Group Severin Schwan
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76 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Roche has excellent benefits, makes a profit consistently and has a great work life balance (in 32 reviews)

  • Good Benefits, Salary was somewhat above average for industry (in 34 reviews)


Cons
  • Tracking of time spent on projects and work-life balance a low consideration (in 15 reviews)

  • Senior management is terrible- employee reviews are terrible and highlight significant issues (in 12 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great work atmosphere, too much bureaucracy

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN

    I have been working at Roche full-time

    Pros

    - Respect for employees' work/life balance. Salaried employees have some flexibility in work hours. Most managers are willing to work with you on this, as long as you're a reliable employee with no performance issues.
    - Excellent vacation and health benefits (includes dental, vision, prescription, retirement savings/401k)
    - Friendly and respectful work atmosphere
    - Plenty of learning and career development opportunities (includes tuition reimbursement)
    - Employee appreciation events and activities are very nice and well-organized - company not afraid to spend money to reward employees for hard work
    - Good on-site cafeterias/food service
    - Challenging work - very bright colleagues who will push and inspire you to do your best.

    Cons

    - Very risk-averse, to the point where project implementation is difficult and can drag on for months. Too much red tape and documentation are required to get any project off the ground.
    - The trade-off for the great benefits is that salaries can be 10K lower than what you'd find elsewhere for a similar job title/role.
    - Success within your career path depends mostly on who you know and how well you fit with your direct manager's personal focus and leadership style. Employees who are stuck in a rut career-wise can become "unstuck" by moving to a different department/manager.
    - Managers spend too much time in meetings and travelling

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Find ways to streamline project development and implementation, including cutting down on needless, unhelpful documentation and layers of bureaucracy.
    - Cut down on meetings and travel for managers.
    - Encourage managers to sit with employees once a month and understand the day-to-day work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Glad I did it!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Field Sales Representative
    Current Employee - Field Sales Representative

    I have been working at Roche full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits compared to other American healthcare-related companies
    Great culture at office/plant campuses
    Technology/clinical leader in diagnostics - best-in-class or close for most product types

    Cons

    Difficult to get to know others well if you are in the field
    Very sales driven - especially on some dead horses

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    If you want a job as a cog in a machine. Here's one.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Field Service Engineer  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Field Service Engineer in New York, NY

    I have been working at Roche full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    There is great job security here, but not really much room for ambition. If you don't mind doing the same thing until the end of your career than this is a place for you. There are not many leadership opportunities, and those that are come rarely but last for life. In healthcare work-life balance is an afterthought. You must make that a personal goal to achieve for yourself, or else the company will use as much as you give and ask for more. Great benefits though.

    Cons

    The diagnostics division is not generally considered revenue generating, and as such all things are seen in that light. You can only do as good a breaking even so most successes seem muted. The is little room for advancement. You will work with an aging workforce that is waiting for someone to tell them to retire. The company resources in-house are world class, but the field is left to their own devices.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take better care to investigate employee work-life balance. Structure your teams with an equal parts experience, ambition, energy, and knowledge. Question local behaviors and activities and match them with the corporate perks. Take care of the field employees and do not overtly make them feel like an expense.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Typical company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Roche

    Pros

    Great products, great workers, nice Midwest city.

    Cons

    Lousy managers and management. No pension and benefits have deteriorated

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote based on real performance, not on personal opinion.

    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    I enjoy working here the benefits are great

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Roche

    Pros

    The benefits, the company values, core beliefs and they promote heavily from within

    Cons

    Training can be a bit much since there are constant changes happening daily. We aren't fully merged with our sister company GENE as expected

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider taking employees through constant training and no to assume that they will learn via email

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Roche full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Has a lot of great products and excellent management team

    Cons

    There are some challenges right now in healthcare due to the Affordable Care Act

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Awesome

    Current Employee - GPM  in  Pleasanton, CA
    Current Employee - GPM in Pleasanton, CA

    I have been working at Roche as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    awesome it is a great job

    Cons

    nothing is wrong with it

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work if you can tolerate politics and sub-par technology

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Roche full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The salary, benefits, and people are absolutely fantastic. One of very few organizations that truly believes in their mission and corporate values. People who work in sciences and support truly care about their customers and the patient and will do whatever it takes to deliver the highest quality.

    Cons

    In order to move up, you need to be in the right meetings with the right people and say the right things. The technology platforms are old and decisions are made based on what is familiar rather than what is best. Doing your best work doesn't mean anything unless you're likable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get with the times, make decisions that are best for the customer rather than what's comfortable with yourself, and lean on your team members that actually have demonstrated experience and competence.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Consistent Change!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Manager  in  Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Indianapolis, IN

    I have been working at Roche full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Office location, majority of people at the company have a true desire to engage and make work more than just a job.

    Cons

    Senior leaders are too far removed from the operations and day to day activities, especially within the IT organization. There's not enough walking the walk when it comes to people development.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When stating that the employees are the greatest asset, show it, don't just say it!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company to work for

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Roche

    Pros

    large corporate envirment with a lot of opportunities

    Cons

    there can be a learning curve for someone who is new to the organization

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    no

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